There are student fees for each aspect of the DEA process including payments for the three DEA retreats, individual teacher sessions and membership fees for the Ridhwan Foundation and the DEA Student Association (i.e. DESA). Fees are kept as low as possible and are comparable to other self-development experiences.
Expenses associated with travel, accommodation and food are not included in DEA fees and are the only additional costs incurred by students.
As students make only an inner commitment to their participation in DEA and the Diamond Approach there are no contracts of any kind with DEA.
The DEA retreat schedule consists of three and five day retreats in Sydney. The cost of the five-day retreats is $880 (GST Inclusive) and the cost of the three day rereats are $550 (GST Inclusive). There is approximately 130 hours of Diamond Approach teaching each year. The retreat fee includes the teaching costs for the three annual Sydney retreats (January five-day retreat, June five-day retreat and October three-day retreat) and the monthly interim small group meetings held in local areas
Students are required to participate in individual spiritual insight sessions with their Diamond Approach teacher. On average this involves 8-10 individual sessions per year. It is possible for students to arrange additional sessions, but this is at the discretion of students and by arrangement with their teacher. The cost for each of these 55 minute individual sessions is $120.
Ridhwan Foundation membership
An annual fee is paid to the Ridhwan Foundation based in the USA by all students of the Diamond Approach throughout the world. This fee supports the work of the Ridhwan School. The annual fee is $109 (GST inclusive) for students who have completed their first retreat. The annual fee is $69 (GST inclusive) for students who are doing individual sessions with a Diamond Approach teacher and who are not attending retreats.
Diamond Essence Student Association (DESA)
DESA is a not-for-profit association set up by DEA students for the primary purpose of providing travel and grant support to students as needed. The annual DESA Fee is $10.00, plus a once off joining fee of $5.00. While the fee is optional, students can only take advantage of the financial assistance and attend DESA meetings if they are members. Students are eligible to become members of DESA after completing their first year of DEA retreats. Members of DESA become eligible for financial assistance after completing their second year of DEA retreats.
DEA attempts to keep fees and additional costs to a minimum. DEA retreat fees are paid in three instalments. DEA does not accept credit cards or over-the-counter bank transfers. Cheques are accepted. Online electronic funds transfer (EFT) is the preferred method of payment.